The Washington Capitals seem to have tipped their hand Wednesday toward a possible trade.
Elliotte Friedman had a Wednesday afternoon TV hit on NHL Network, and was asked about Devante Smith-Pelly being waived by the team, and whether or not he believed that there was “something in the works for the Caps.”
“I do. I believe so. I believe they’re working on a deal possibly involving Carl Hagelin from the L.A. Kings,” said Friedman. “He seems to be the name that we’re hearing a lot of right now. Obviously that can’t happen until things get done tomorrow in terms of does Smith-Pelly clear waivers or what the Capitals have to do to make part of it.
“But there’s a lot of smoke around a Capitals-Kings deal, and Hagelin is the name I’m hearing the most. He’s obviously a guy who’s had a lot of success in the Eastern Conference as a member of the Rangers, and a Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins.
“It’ll be interesting to see him back here.”
Hagelin is in the final season of a four-year, $16 million contract, and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Smith-Pelly is on a one-year, $1 million contract, and can also become a UFA this summer.
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